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Today’s College Students

A Reader


Edited By Pietro A. Sasso and Joseph L. DeVitis

America’s undergraduates truly represent a mind-boggling diversity. Today’s College Students: A Reader looks at a wide variety of student groups and identities, which sets it apart from other texts on contemporary college students that do not cover such a broad spectrum. The editors and contributors also invite students, their instructors, and other college/university practitioners to be mindful of the crucial, yet sometimes overlooked, connection between extra-curricular campus activities and learning. Sustaining educational moments throughout the undergraduate experience, in and out of the classroom, is why colleges exist. This volume thus reminds us that both social interaction and individual critical reflection are vital collegiate processes, especially in an age of consumerism and the McDonaldization of higher education. Ultimately, the text seeks to reinforce and augment the rich diversity that can make college more rewarding for us all. It is especially useful for courses devoted to today’s college students and diversity, the multicultural university, college student development, and student affairs administration.


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Part Two. Student Equality


Student Equality Part Two Women in College: Environments and Identities Eight Paige Haber-Curran and Chris Linder College women make up a majority of the students in American higher education and are an in- credibly diverse group. They overlap with many populations covered in this book, and thus bring with them a complexity of experiences and backgrounds. There is no typical or traditional college woman; there are, however, common experiences of college women based on their gender and aspects of the campus environment that facilitate or impede their development while in college. Research demonstrates that the experiences of men and women differ on college campuses, and college impacts people of all genders in different ways (Sax, 2008). Acknowledging that there is enough information on the topic of college women for entire books and courses, this chapter provides an overview of some key factors influencing college wom- en. A historical context of women in college is presented. College women today are examined through Strange and Banning’s (2001) campus ecology model. This chapter, along with the chap- ters on college men and LGBTQ students, provides an understanding of the complexity of gender in the college environment, and through this understanding, readers will be better able to serve students on their respective campuses. In recognizing that people of all genders face many challenges on college campuses, this chap- ter is approached through a feminist perspective of seeking to end sexist oppression (hooks, 1984). Particularly when examining the complexity of gender intersecting with other social...

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